« on: November 08, 2011, 09:55:20 AM »
I find that I care less and less about the physical format as time goes by. I recently bought 7 or 8 Roach CD's that I have been meaning to pick up for ages. I promptly ripped them to my music server and filed the CDs on a shelf. Unless I have a catastrophic HD failure (all backups, too), I will likely never touch the CD again. I can now enjoy these tunes on my rec-room system, my main-floor system, my ipod for travel, even my iphone, at the touch of a button. It seems to me that if I only use the CD to deliver the sounds from the producer to my HD, I might as well just eliminate a step and download straight to the server. This level of convenience more than offsets any loss of sound quality. And I have to be honest with myself: As much as I'd like to think I'm a suave audiophile, immersed in the minutia of every blip and bloink in the music spectrum while I sip cognac in my turtleneck with the lights down low in my echo-free listening chamber, the truth is I put on some tunes, go chop some garlic or tune some skis or clean my bike or play with the dogs or hang some sheetrock or talk to friends or ... or ... (insert distracting, noisy activity here.) Sound quality is nice, of course; but I just can't get too worked up about it.
I think the whole movement toward downloads (music, books, movies, whatever) is a good thing, in the long run. Seems like a huge savings in packaging resources, fuel for shipping, etc.